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2008-05-13

Tired Of Dry Or Oily Skin? Give These Healthy Tips A Try

I have dry, dry, dry (we are talking the desert dry) skin. My good friend has the oiliest skin and the other day we were talking about skincare products that we use to help each of us with our skin issues. Sure, I can go spend a fortune on something to apply to the outside of my skin but what about helping my skin from the inside out? These are easy and great tips to follow- will not cost a fortune like some of the creams on the market and you will feel a lot better.
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Characteristics Of Dry Skin

This type of skin feels dry to the touch (boy do I know about this) and tight especially after cleansing until some type of moisturizer is applied.

**Pores are very fine
**Lacks oil rather than water and is sometimes confused with dehydrated skin which lacks water rather than oil
**Some flaking can appear with no oily areas at all
**Hardly ever breaks out
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Healthy Tips To Combat Dry Skin

**Drink Lots And Lots Of Water
- You want to stay hydrated, so women should aim for 72 ounces of fluid a day (from water and other beverages or water-based foods); men need 100 ounces (readers digest).
**Cut Down On Diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine intake.
**Avoid Smoking-Smoking does not cause dry skin but it does cause wrinkles and if your skin is exceptionally dry this only emphasizes their appearance.
**Avoid Sweets- They create useless food nutrients that deteriorate your skin, causing it to age and dry out (if you have a sweet tooth like me maybe we can just have sweets in moderation. You do not want to see me without chocolate).
**Ditch The Fast Food-Most fast food is created using oil and frying, the oil in the food changes it chemical makeup and leads to the creation of free radicals which breakdown the elastin in your skin and cause it to age prematurely. Aging skin tends to dry out quicker than healthy skin. More here.
**Make Sure You Have A Diet Rich In raw fruits and vegetables (especially orange and yellow because they are known for their antioxidants and beta carotene) , garlic, onions, asparagus, and flax seed oil, salmon or walnuts which all contain omega 3 fatty acids.

How To Care For Dry Skin
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**Cleanse your skin morning and night but make sure to use a cream or milky cleanser or one that specifically states it is for dry skin. We highly recommend that you do not use soap as this will only make dry skin even drier.
**After cleansing apply a hydrating day cream (one with an spf is always good to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and the environment)
**In the evening apply a nourishing and hydrating night cream that can help repair damage while you sleep.
** Exfoliate once or twice a week with a mild exfoliator and a hydrating mask is always helpful!



Characteristics Of Oily Skin

Usually has a shine to it and may be prone to blackheads, blemishes and acne
**Pores are usually enlarged and skin may have a coarse look to it
**Usually dull colored and thick appearance of the skin
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Healthy Tips To Combat Oily Skin

**Choose Foods-
That are high in B vitamins such as whole grains, legumes, and nuts. Lowering the amount of fat in your diet will also help.
**Avoid pork and fried and highly seasoned foods- Consume no animal fats, or heat-processed vegetable oils.
**As Above With Dry Skin Tips- make sure to drink lots of water, avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fast foods.

How To Care For Oily Skin
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**Do not wash more than two or three times a day with a basic soap as this may cause your skin to produce more oil.
**Avoid Skincare Products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. They cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.
**Rub Oily Skin areas with apple cider vinegar for a neutralizing effect.

Some other tips for healthy skin include getting a good nights sleep (skin repairs itself at night), and exercising as this increases circulation and can help nourish skin from within. I hope these help and of course if you have any tips I would love to hear them!

10 comments:

Paul Dettman said...
Great post, thanks. There is a beauty therapist I know who wants more male clients, and I feel less self-conscious reading sites like this now! I can hardly imagine that you have any dry skin issues, but that is reassuring for the rest of us. Anyway, keep it up. I recently started with a personal trainer and once he has got me into shape he is going to be putting me on a more healthy diet - these tips are really valuable.
Liza said...
i'll try the apple cider vinegar, my skin is really oily. thanks for sharing ;)
Sogeshirtsguy said...
another great post. My skin is ok but could be better.
ssgreylord said...
What great tips for a blonde girl who lives in the desert... yes, I definitely have dry skin. But not for long now, with your tips. Thanks much!
aeirin said...
Wow, great post. Thanks. I think I really needs this beauty tips, because of work i don't have much time for my self. And it makes my skin so dry... Thanks again
xenalto said...
Great post.. I personally suffer from oily skin. I used honey few times, I had a good improvement in my complexion. The skin looks healthy, less oily and feels good too. Honey can be used for any skin type unless you are allergic to it.
MuscleBits said...
I can vouch for apple cider vinegar - it is very effective in combating excessive oil. I had acne for nearly half of my teenage years and tried every promising over-the-counter product. What I found was that homeopathic, natural remedies worked wonders for my skin, for a mere fraction of the cost.

Another great remedy that I love is raw, unprocessed honey applied generously to the skin. There have been times when I was out and about and several would comment that my skin looked glowing and smooth. Give it a try!
nice informative post - I would mention that healthy skin starts from the inside - you mention good dietary considerations. I would specifically Flax and Borage Oil to make sure you get your Omega 3-6-9's
Tom Parker said...
Got to agree with you. Drinking lots of water helps so much with my skin. Diet is also very important too and moisturising creams can always help.
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